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January 25, 2023

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Apples – Small grannies and Fujis will remain scarce until the new
harvest in September. Granny’s are slightly tighter this week
compared to last week. Apple inventories continue to be low.
Overall, supplies are limited and prices remain elevated.
Asparagus –Supply is increasing in the west with Mexico’s
largest asparagus-growing region now in production and prices are
expected to drop in the days to come.
Avocados –Good supplies of big fruit coming into the Super Bowl
pull; highly promotable. There are lighter supplies on small fruit.
Overall, the quality is good and the pricing is steady.
Bell Peppers – The overall market is steady with a steady supply of
greens and slightly more availability on field packs reds out of
Mexico. Cold night temperatures have slowed production, but
temperatures should start to increase as we get into February.
Berries (Blackberries) –Expect this commodity to be steady but
with lighter numbers for the next several weeks. Overall, the quality
is good and the pricing is higher.
Berries (Blueberries) –We continue to see a steady market with
this commodity with fruit coming from both Central Mexico and
Chile. Overall, the quality is good and the pricing is higher.
Berries (Raspberries) –Declining numbers in Central Mexico are
causing prices to increase and limited supplies.
Berries (Strawberries) –We continue to see the market in a
demand exceeds supply situation going into the Valentine’s Day
pull period. Overall, the quality is good and the pricing is higher.
Broccoli –Supplies continue to be good in Santa Maria and Yuma.
Overall, the quality continues to be above average. Crown
production is anticipated to be better than most suppliers.
Brussels Sprouts –There is good availability and pricing is
competitive in the industry. Expect steady production with this
commodity throughout the week. Good quality is being reported.
Carrots – Carrot supplies are tightening up due to the rain. Markets
are up as well. Organic rainbow and conventional jumbo carrots are
in a better spot as well.
Cauliflower –Cauliflower supplies continue to be abundant in Yuma
and Santa Maria. With the rain no longer an issue, look for
production to continue to be good with multiple shippers.
Celery –Better supplies continue this week out of Oxnard, Santa
Maria, and Yuma. Demand has softened. Supplies are moderate
with good overall quality from most shippers. All sizes are available.
Production in Florida is sufficient to cover east coast demand.
Escalated pricing continues on value-added products on the west
coast.
Citrus (Lemons) –California Desert/Arizona Region and San
Joaquin Region are the main growing regions for this commodity.
Overall, the quality is good and the pricing is steady.
Citrus (Limes)–Lighter demand is causing the markets to be lower.
Quality is improving as the new crop comes in. Expect active
markets as we head into February due to reduced yields out of
Veracruz.
Citrus (Oranges) - Now that the rain has passed, expect the
markets to level off. Overall, the quality is good and the pricing is
steady.
Cucumbers –Supplies remain limited. Honduran imports are in full
swing but shippers are reporting much less acreage this season.
Mexico is still dealing with cold night temperatures which is slowing
production. More temperate weather is expected in February.
Quality is good with limited large sizes.
Eggplant –Supplies remain adequate on both coasts. Should see
better supplies once the weather improves out of Mexico. Overall,
the quality is good and the pricing is steady.
Garlic - Steady California production is expected throughout the
week. Good quality has been reported.
Grapes (Green) –Imports are in light but adequate
supply on both coasts. The market is firm and the quality
is excellent.
Grapes (Red) –Imports are light but adequate supply
on both coasts. The market is firm and the quality is
excellent.
Green Onions –Supplies and quality are starting to
improve in the Mexico region. Look for this market to
slowly adjust downward going into the weekend.
Overall, the quality is good and the pricing is lower.
Kale –This market continues to be steady. Moderate
to good availability is expected throughout the week.
Shippers are competitive and listening to offers. Overall,
the quality is good and the pricing is steady.
Lettuce (Iceberg) –Supplies continue to be strong out
of Yuma. Demand is steady at best as schools open up
again. The quality is good, with weights ranging from
39-42 pounds on liner packs. Gnats and bugs were a
concern last week but this issue has been resolved for
the most part. Again, all value-added items are
off-escalation. No rain is in the forecast but cooler
temperatures are expected in the Yuma region next
week.
Lettuce Leaf –There is a good supply of romaine
lettuce and hearts and will be available for the next few
weeks in Yuma. Green and red leaf are readily available
as well. With most suppliers, the quality is above
average. There is a strong production of romaine as
well as green and red leaf that is being reported in
Yume this week. Shippers with value-added products
are all off escalations. Aside from some slight blistering
and peeling, the overall quality is good.
Lettuce Tender Leaf –Good supplies of baby leaf items
like spring mix, parsley, spinach, and arugula are available
in the desert. Due to the rains, light supplies are anticipated
in Southern California, so availability will be moderate at
best. Expect some shortages going through the weekend.
Overall, the quality is expected to be fair.
Melons (Cantaloupe) – Fairly good supply and good
demand are keeping the market strong. There will be
better availability next week. Overall, the quality is good
and the pricing is steady.
Melons (Honeydew) –There are light supplies with this
commodity, mostly 5’s, a few 6’s, and no 8’s. Overall, the
quality is good and the pricing is steady.
Melons (Watermelon) – Good supply out of Mexico and
pricing is in the mid-20s. Offshore supply is lighter at higher
pricing.
Mushrooms –Excellent supplies and availability. Overall,
the quality is good and the pricing is higher.
Onions –Excellent supplies and lower prices from the
northwest. Mexican-grown supplies in South Texas are
increasing. Overall, the quality is good and the pricing is
lower.
Pears –Market prices are steady at high levels. Inventory
continues to be light. Most shippers are done with Bartletts.
Pineapples –Steady open market volume. Overall, the
quality is good and the pricing is steady.
Potatoes –Supplies of 40-70 CT are more available than
in recent weeks. The cold weather is limiting run time. The
potato market remains extreme, especially on #2s. Overall,
the quality is good and the pricing is higher.
Squash –Adequate supplies all around. Florida is in their
light winter production which is normal for this time of year.
Mexico’s supply is being slowed due to cold nights. Once
the weather improves in February, supply should increase.
Stone Fruit –Imported peaches, plums, and nectarines
have started on both coasts; supplies are light and quality
is very nice. California Kiwi will finish this week. Greek and
Italian imported kiwi have started in a light way.
Pomegranates are nearly done in the Central Valley.
Persimmons are nearly done.
Tomatoes – The market is active on rounds and cherries
with light winter supplies in Florida. Mexico is still having a
slow start to their season, however, Roma and grape
availability has improved. Overall, the quality is good with
fruit peaking on larger sizes.

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